The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday held the Muslim practice of triple talaq unconstitutional and struck it down by 3:2 majority. The SC said triple talaq violates the fundamental right of Muslim women as it irrevocably ends marriage.Triple talaq , or verbal divorce, is practiced by some in the Muslim community to instantly divorce their wives by saying talaq three times.
Here’s a look at the five women who challenged the provisions of triple talaq in the court:
Resident: Kashipur (Udham Singh Nagar district), Uttarakhand
Case: Bano was given triple talaq in October 2015 after 15 years of marriage.
Resident: Jaipur, Rajasthan
Case: Rehman got married in 2014 after finding a match through a matrimonial portal. However, “after two-three months my in-laws started mentally harassing me, demanding dowry. Following which she went back to her parents. In May, last year, she received a letter via speed post announcing a divorce.
Resident: Rampur, Uttar Pradesh
Case: Parveen was married in April 2013 and was subjected to domestic violence for dowry for over two years. She received talaqnama from her husband on a Rs 10 stamp paper when she was with her parents in 2015.
Resident: Howrah, West Bengal
Case: Jahan was divorced by her husband over phone from Dubai in April, 2015. She was divorced after 15 years into marriage.
Resident: Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Case: Sabri got married in 2012. On December 12, 2015, she filed a complaint with a Mahila Thana of Saharanpur in which she said that her in-laws were demanding Rs 25 lakh as dowry from her parents and she was being tortured for not paying the amount. She was given triple talaq given by her husband on a piece of paper.